EXHIBITION 2

STINE DEJA + ZOE FORSTER

17 JUNE - 30 JULY 2023

Location:

Cooke’s Studios,

102-104 Abbey Road,

Barrow-in-Furness,

Cumbria LA14 5QR

Exhibition Opening Times:

Sat 17th June – Sun 30th July

Open Wed – Sun | 11am – 5pm

FREE

TIDAL is our digital arts programme for 2023 which explores the unique proximity of the urban centre of Barrow-in-Furness with the coastlines that outline it. This forms the second of three commissioned artists tasked with creating work for an exhibition to reframe and investigate what the coast means to people and the planet.

Award-winning Danish Artist, Stine Deja’s new commission for Signal Film and Media is a digital, aquatic meditation on the origins and existence of humanity and its potential future, shaped by evolving AI. Featured alongside Stine Deja is West Cumbrian artist Zoe Forster, who was selected for TIDAL’s third micro-commission as part of the TIDAL Emerging Artists Development Lab.

Talks, workshops and family-friendly activities will be running during this month-long exhibition. More details can be found from the main tidal page or please scroll to the bottom of the page.

exhibiting artists

© Stine Deja: Image Courtesy of the Artist

stine deja

TROUBLED WATERS is the second of a series of artworks produced for TIDAL to be exhibited by award-winning Danish-born, London-based digital artist Stine Deja.

Deja’s planned installation is a  mysterious reflection upon a human-H2O relationship & our possible evolution from beneath the waves, considering the thirsty needs of Chatbots. Her practice explores the sticky in-between of real and virtual worlds with a striking arsenal of media that includes 3D animation, immersive installation, moving image, and digital surrogates.

Deja’s plan is for a ceiling-to-floor curtain of fine, water droplets & 3D Image-rendered artworks in pools of water, breaking through a steel grate floor. Amongst the digital pools, creatures stir. Visitors are asked to walk into this environment and reflect upon our watery planet…

Water connects humans, animals and the environment, and unfortunately our growing AI species is now drawing on the same limited resource. I’m fascinated by how something as ordinary as water and electricity, are the main arteries for something as complex as modern technology. While we are often unable to grasp the physicality of artificial intelligence, the installation shows their dependence on our same watery motherland.

Stine Deja gave an artist talk as part of the launch evening event on Fri 16th June at 5.30pm.

zoe forster

West Cumbrian contemporary artist Zoe Forster has created Looking Out, Looking In – an installation that explores the marriage between the natural world that makes up the coastline of Walney Island and the urbanised mainland of Barrow. Her practice is concerned with representing and working within communities and groups of people who feel that art is not for them and those underrepresented within the art realm.

Forster looks at how these two ideas connect or can be connected through found objects, repurposing of materials, storytelling and photography including temporarily turning a coastal World War II bunker into a giant pinhole camera.

This micro-commission is part of the Cumbrian Artist Digital Development Lab within the TIDAL digital arts programme.

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© Stine Deja: Koi Pond
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© Zoe Forster: Image Courtesy of the Artist
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Other tidal activities

CREATIVE DIGITAL DROP-IN FOR ALL AGES

9 July 2023

COASTAL TALK

BARROW’S COASTLINE WITH STEVE BENN

21 June 2023

ARTIST PERFORMANCE

MEL GALLEY + NÚRIA ROVIRA TERRADAS

24 June 2023